'Otis' sparks solidarity; So far, he has left 30 dead in Acapulco alone

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Given the devastation that Otis left in Guerrero, state governments, institutions, citizens and banks began efforts to help the victims, yet to be quantified.

The government of Puebla sent equipment to Acapulco to restore telecommunications, ambulances and machinery for cleaning work. The one from Oaxaca will support with heavy equipment to clear roads and Tamaulipas will send tools and force personnel.

The State of Mexico, Aguascalientes and Veracruz, as well as the Senate of the Republic, installed centers to collect supplies, as did the UNAM, the UAM, the National Association of Universities and Higher Education Institutions and the Inai.

The Mexican Red Cross will open more collection sites in Morelos and in the State of Mexico to receive donations in kind that will be allocated to affected people.

Aeroméxico, Viva Aerobus and Volaris will support the return of stranded tourists, so they will be able to take flights from the Zihuatanejo air terminal.

Banorte, BBVA, Citibanamex, Coppel and Cruz Roja, HSBC and World Vision México, Soriana and Walmart opened accounts to raise funds.

Although the federal government reported in the morning that there were 27 deaths due to Otislater, the director of Social Communication of the Acapulco City Council He told local media that they had found 30 bodies of deceased people due to falling sheets and walls.

Rosa Icela Rodríguez, secretary of Security and Citizen Protectionindicated that, due to the impact of Otisthere were severe effects on road infrastructure, power lines, communications, hospitals, seismic alert, etc.

At the close of this edition, the Federal Electricity Commission had restored electricity supply to 256,762 inhabitants of Guerrero, 50% of the users affected by the hurricane.

Meanwhile, the IFT reported that fixed and mobile telecommunications network operators were working to gradually restore their services.


In addition to Acapulco, seven other municipalities in Guerrero registered the scourge of Otis, with damage yet to be quantified. The government implemented the DN-III plan in these areas:

  • Coyuca de Benitez
  • Atoyac de Álvarez
  • Ajuchitlán del Progreso
  • Benito Juarez
  • Tecpan de Galeana
  • Petatlán
  • Zihuatanejo


The impact of the hurricane Otis In Acapulco, it has left 30 dead so far, according to local authorities, while the official figure released by the federal government is 27.

In yesterday's morning press conference, at the National Palace, the Secretary of Security and Citizen Protection, Rosa Isela Rodríguez, reported that there are officially 27 deaths and four missing.

He explained that, according to reports released by officials from various federal agencies, there are hundreds of damages caused by the meteor as it passed through Acapulco and surrounding municipalities.

Unfortunately, a report was received from the state government and the municipal government of 27 people dead and four missing.

However, later, the director of Social Communication of the Acapulco City Council told local media that they have found 30 bodies of people who died due to falling sheets and walls.


The head of the SSPC indicated that due to the impact of Otis There were severe effects on road infrastructure, power lines, communications, hospitals, seismic alert, etc.

In the hotel sector, the effects were also serious... with broken glass and flooding due to the entry of rain. Also in the commercial sector there were damages, damage to glass, facades; in squares, in commercial premises,” he pointed out.

Rodríguez Velázquez was part of the officials who accompanied President López Obrador last Wednesday, on his transfer by road to Acapulco.

Operational Coordination has been deployed and bulletins of the Early Warning System for Tropical Cyclones have been issued. Tours are made of the effects, of damages after the impact of the hurricane,” he said.

For her part, the governor of Guerrero, Evelyn Salgado, indicated that there is an 80% impact on the hotels in the port.

Inform you, President, that, indeed, they are already working at full speed to restore all electricity and internet services. Here in a part of Acapulco there is also internet, there is electricity and work is being done quickly to restore all services,” he indicated in a telephone link during the morning conference.

He added that yesterday, with between 30 and 40 trucks, the process of evacuating tourists began.


The National Civil Protection Coordination (CNPC) yesterday issued a Declaration of Emergency for the state of Guerrero, due to the presence of severe rain and strong winds, which occurred on October 24 of this year, in the presence of the hurricane Otis.

The Secretariat of Security and Citizen Protection (SSPC) published the organization's declaration on its official website, for reasons of immediacy.

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The agreement contemplates Acapulco de Juárez as the municipality of initial attention. With this Emergency Declaration, the resources of the Program for Emergency Response to Natural Threats are activated.

Elements of the Security Cabinet and the Armed Forces are located in the field, in the port affected by Otis, to evaluate the resources that will be needed to attend to the declaration.

This is what the streets of Acapulco look like after Otis' attack. Using the Google Maps platform you can see what the sites that are now covered in mud looked like, with fallen structures and people wandering in search of food.

Photos: Reuters, Cuartoscuro, Karina Tejada, AFP and Especial


Given the magnitude of the devastation in Acapulco, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador reported that the federal cabinet will carry out a census to find out the scope of the flood, the damage to businesses and hotels in that city caused by the hurricane. Otisand will propose economic support programs for their recovery.

The President explained that last Wednesday he toured the affected area by road to learn about the ravages of Otisand was able to verify that it destroyed infrastructure and flooded with mud the entire plain area adjacent to the mountain that surrounds the bay of Acapulco.

He insisted that, although attention has been paid to the damaged infrastructure in the area known as Diamante, the Costera, and the International Airport, there are mud floods in the area known as Renacimiento, which is the most densely populated in the port. and in fields of neighboring ejidos.

To know the real magnitude of the damage caused by the hurricane, a thousand National Servants left this Thursday from Mexico City to Acapulco to take a census of the damage, “house by house.”

Although the National Fund for Natural Disasters no longer exists, the head of the Executive said that the resources are still available and the entire government will focus on remedying the destruction caused by Otis.

According to the President, next week there will also be a meeting with hotel businessmen to establish a scheme to support the reconstruction of their establishments.

-Arturo Paramo


Until yesterday, the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) had restored electricity supply to 256,762 inhabitants of Guerrero, 50% of the users affected by the hurricane Otis.

This percentage of replaced energy represents 15% of the 3.5 million total users in the state of Guerrero, the commission indicated in a statement.

The patrolling of the infrastructure was completed and there was damage to 137 high-voltage line structures that are the main source of electrical energy in the affected region,” he indicated.

The CFE reported that the evaluation of the damage, resources have increased and, so far, 1,528 electrical workers, 161 cranes, 548 vehicles, 52 emergency plants, 21 lighting towers and six helicopters.

Meanwhile, Telmex announced that, after intense work, the company completed the work of splicing the optical fiber that was affected by the hurricane Otiswhich has allowed communications to be restored.


To the 30 dead, four missing, closure of roads and damage to 80% of the hotels it left OtisAcapulco now faces the problem of insecurity and looting.

On tours of the port, Image Group He confirmed the looting of residents against convenience stores, shopping centers and even pharmacies.

From the first night after the impact of the hurricane that left the port in darkness, men and women were seen pushing supermarket carts full of food, but also clothes and screens. They even carried stoves and refrigerators on their backs.

In the midst of the chaos, looting has taken over the streets. Stealing is done most naturally, in the face of everyone, including the police and the armed forces.

Food, water, water tanks, televisions, motorcycles, shoes, luxury clothing, mattresses, refrigerators, soft drinks and packs of beer, everything has been stolen. They have even emptied gasoline from parked cars. The theft itself has caused shortages, no store opens to avoid looting.

The police and armed forces are overwhelmed, there is no public force to stop the hundreds of people dedicated to theft.

On Miguel Alemán Avenue the scene is recurring: people with their hands full of merchandise rushing out of self-service stores, convenience stores and pharmacies.

According to Patricia Rebolledo Solís, a resident of the Real Hacienda Housing Unit, the looting goes beyond basic necessities.

There is not enough food in my house, but that is not why I am going to come and steal, loot, take things that are not needed at this moment, because there is not even light,” he added.

He said that life has given Acapulqueños a second chance that they waste by stealing and looting products that are not needed.

Certainly we don't have water, we don't have electricity, we don't have food, but people are taking things that right now are not needed, they are taking advantage, they are opening houses where they sell perishable products and food, furniture, everything, they are carrying everything,” he lamented.

On the other hand, there are foreign tourists who cannot believe what they experienced during the hurricane. Otisand before leaving the Emerald Zone of Acapulco, they took a souvenir photo.

Many tourists are still stranded, both at the bus terminals and at the Juan Álvarez international airport. Like Mrs. Vivián Chávez, who since Wednesday has been at the airport trying to return to Baja California.

-Raúl Flores and Ángel Galeana

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